Celebrities are often the center of attention, with media sources constantly keeping up with their whereabouts. What comes with this are both the recognition of achievements as well as the public eye on challenging life events. Ben Affleck announced last year that he completed treatment for alcohol addiction by stating on Facebook,
“[It’s] something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”
Ben Affleck previously sought treatment for alcohol abuse in 2001, according to CNN. Although Affleck has relapsed, he is continuing towards his journey to recovery. Relapse is quite common – an 8-year study with nearly 1,200 people with an addiction found that only about a third of people who are abstinent less than a year will remain abstinent, and for those who achieve a year of society, less than half will relapse. For people in recovery, there are many things that can trigger a relapse. Emotions such as anger, sadness, shame, jealousy, guilt, and more can all lead someone want to use again. Other triggers, such as seeing people, places, or things that remind individuals of using, can cause a relapse.
While some may feel that relapse is sign of failure, Ben Affleck’s story is just one of millions whom have undergone relapses yet still persevered through their journey to recovery. Relapse should be considered a moment of learning, as you cannot predict every possible trigger you may have in your life. Psychology Today notes that not enough research has been done to determine exact trends for when people relapse and why, but it’s clear that recovery is a lifelong journey and should be treated as such. We must work every day to ensure our mental, physical, and spiritual health through daily self-care.
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